Smoothie Ingredients that you Need To Buy Now

By on September 15, 2013

Have you ever tried smoothies? Well it is time that you do! Smoothies are all the rage now in the health world. Nothing can compare to the simplicity of this treat. It’s just blend and serve type of breakfast perfect for rush moments during mornings. It is quick but nutritious that can be both considered as a snack or meal. Smoothies can balance out our diets. Fiber and antioxidants are so important to our bodies and a glass of smoothie is the quick answer to that.

Smoothies can be an ideal pre/post meal for workouts because it contains carbohydrate and protein which aids in muscle recovery.

Nutrients is the main reason why we drink smoothies but another obvious reason is for hydration. Hydration is essential for healthy metabolism and body. Antioxidants contained by fruits and vegetables can protect us from harmful free radicals which can therefore help us lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and even slow down our aging process.

So what are the secret ingredients for your smoothie that you should not miss?

 Spirulina

Spirulina is a blue green algae which is rich in Vitamin B, beta carotene, Vitamin E, manganese, copper, selenium, iron and zinc. It also contains 70 percent amino acid protein which is a good thing because not many animal sources provide much protein which is an advantage for vegans and vegetarians. It also has healthy fatty acids which can lower the risk of heart disease. It can lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It’s rich in Vitamin A which is a form of beta carotene and essential for good eye function, healthy skin mucous membrane and bones. Another notable benefit from spirulina is that it can remove lead and arsenic from contaminated water. It can easily absorb and remove metals from the body.

Spirulina is also said to improve the body from allergies. It is said to block histamine release from the body which triggers the symptoms of allergy like congestion, watery eyes and hives. Unlike other commercial medications spirulina, because it is natural won’t suppress your immune system.

Spirulina can also increase your immunity as it increases the production of antibodies which is known to fight infection.

You can already maximize its benefit by adding 1/2 to 1 teaspoon to your smoothie. You don’t have to worry because the grassy flavor of spirulina is mild and sweet and can be easily over powered by the other ingredients of your smoothie,

 Goji Berries

Goji berries is a tarty sweet fruit. It has a unique taste that adds a blend of cranberry and cherry flavor. It is another fruit rich in fiber. It can fight free radicals because it’s rich in antioxidant, vitamins A and C. Goji berries can be soaked in warm water for it to plump up and be easier to blend.

This berries is packed with lots of calories and it can fuel your body thus perfect for morning or post-work out smoothie. It is also rich in beta-carotene, rich in iron an calcium. It is said to have good anti-aging property as well because it is high in astaxanthin which is a known antioxidant considered as a natural sunscreen.

Aloe Vera

If you need to calm and heal then take Aloe Vera. Improved digestion and hydrated skin is also another benefit of aloe vera. The gel of Aloe Vera is added to smoothies and not the whole plant.

Chia Seeds

The source of nutrition for a good reason: omega-3 fatty acid because it can fill you up. Chia seeds can absorb water and can plump up as well. 10 to 15 minutes of soaking can plump it up then you can get a thick smoothie that will make you feel full. Dried chia seeds can also be added to smoothies instead of fresh ones.

 Cacao Powder or Nibs

Rae cacao powder can give rich chocolate flavor to your smoothie. Cacao is full of antioxidants.

 Coconut water

Slightly sweet flavor is a good base for a really good smoothie. There is no need for artificial sugar, it adds mild sweetness to the blend of smoothie.

 Salba Seeds

This is from the family of chia seeds. Salba Seeds is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids around 3000 mg. which is really good for cognitive, circulatory and skin health.

 Wheat grass

You can add one to two teaspoon of wheat grass powder for added protein, fiber and Vitamin A, C and E. It’s also a source of B vitamins which is a good energy booster. You should be extra careful in keeping wheat grass because it is sensitive to oxidation and it will lose its potency when exposed to light and air.

Flax Seeds

Rich in fatty acids and fiber, flax seeds can help you avoid blood sugar spikes. It can also add an extra kick to your smoothie by adding in a slight nutty flavor.

Hemp Seeds

Another addition to smoothies that is rich with omega-3 fatty acids, plant-based protein and fiber. It contains twice protein when compared to almonds and flax seeds. The shelled hemp seeds are the ones fit for blending smoothies.

Fresh Greens

Kale or spinach can be added to smoothies because it is loaded with lots of antioxidants, fiber, Vitamin K and Vitamin A. The longer you blend your vegetables the smoother your smoothies will be.